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(03) 9416 2802

 

Email

info@drstephencole.com.au

 

Fax

(03) 9495 6491

 

Address

Suite 207, 320 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne, VIC 3002 

 

My private consulting rooms are located on the ground floor of the Epworth Freemasons Day Procedure and Maternity Centre in East Melbourne.

 

Getting There

Underground parking is available for a fee. There is also limited on-street metered parking in the area.

 

The number 12 and 109 trams stop right outside the building, and the number 11 and 30 tram stop is a 5 minute walk away.

 

The number buses also stop right outside the building.

 

Train access is via Parliament station, which is a 10 minute walk away

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Pregnancy Health Care in Australia


From conception to birth, it’s important both mother and baby are properly looked after throughout the entire pregnancy. Pregnancy care is crucial in ensuring the safety of both mother and baby. Care should include support and information, the monitoring of health and wellbeing and the identification of medical or personal needs that may require assistance from a specialist. Pregnant women have a variety of care options, from doctor to midwife. I believe that the best care involves obstetricians and midwives working together. In my practice, myself and my midwives strive to provide women with comprehensive pregnancy care, ensuring that all their needs are met.

 

Pre Pregnancy Care

Offering pre-pregnancy consultations for women anticipating becoming pregnant, my practice can work with you to develop a conducive lifestyle before the onset of pregnancy. This often includes revised nutrition, diet, exercise, and other factors that could affect your pregnancy. This is also an opportunity to identify any special medical conditions or risk factors that can be optimised prior to pregnancy, as well as developing plans for more complicated pregnancies.

 

Antenatal Care

Antenatal care is a usual part of pregnancy for Australian women. This is defined by the care received during pregnancy. Women having pregnancy care in my practice will have regular appointments, in which we will check the wellbeing of mother and baby, in addition to monitoring blood pressure and the baby’s growth.

 

During this stage we can help establish your pregnancy risk. Low risk pregnancies usually result in a happy and safe outcome for both mother and baby, where high risk pregnancies carry the potential for complications during pregnancy, labour and birth. However, low risk pregnancies can sometimes develop problems and most high risk pregnancies result in happy outcomes if managed appropriately.


Low Risk or High Risk?

Many people talk about pregnancies as being low risk or high risk, but this is in fact overly simplistic. Pregnancies have different degrees of risk, which can be important at different times. Even apparently lower risk pregnancies can develop unexpected problems, while many higher risk pregnancies have important aspects that may be considered normal, or may be able to be managed in such a way as to minimise the risks. Thankfully, most pregnancies have a happy ending regardless of the initial assessment of risk. In my practice I strive to identify and address the individual needs of each woman and her pregnancy, rather than focussing on a particular categorisation of risk.

 

If your pregnancy is a multiple pregnancy we can discuss potential ways to better manage and prepare you to be a mother to twins or triplets.


Intrapartum Care

Intrapartum care, or care during labour and birth, is part of the comprehensive care that obstetricians provide. Building a strong relationship throughout the pregnancy allows me to understand the concerns, wishes, plans and anxieties women may bring to their birth, and allows me to address these for each individual. My practice can help walk you through the process and answer any questions regarding pain relief, special care and potential medical interventions. Maternally-assisted caesarean sections and fetal surgery can also be discussed during this time depending on your situation.

 

Recurrent Miscarriages

Miscarriage can be a traumatic experience. For women who have multiple miscarriages, this trauma may be compounded. Only 1% of women experience recurrent miscarriages, defined as 3 or more consecutive miscarriages. However, the vast majority of women with recurrent miscarriages will still give birth to a healthy baby. My practice is committed to working closely with expecting mothers to treat and care for women who suffer from pregnancy loss or are at risk for miscarriage.

 

Book an appointment with us today

 

If you have questions regarding any stage of pregnancy, please feel free to contact us. Providing ongoing support to expecting mothers, my highly regarded practice has experience dealing with low risk pregnancies all the way to high risk patients. For more information or to book a consultation, fill out the online enquiry form or give the practice a call and someone will be in touch shortly regarding your enquiry.

Low Risk Pregnancy
High Risk Pregnancy
Multiple Pregnancy
Recurrent Miscarriage
Maternally-Assisted Caesarean Section
Fetal Surgery
Pre Pregnancy